Toledo’s United Missionary Baptist Church held a Sunday evening service in which about 150 people gathered to stand against gun violence.
Among the speakers in the 2-1/2 hour event was Bishop J. Douglas Wiley, founder of The Life Center Baptist Cathedral Church in New Orleans.
Some of the highlights of his hour-long sermon, courtesy of the Toledo Blade:
“Gun violence is the symptom of a nation that has turned its back on God,” he said. “The only place that God matters in America is on our money – in God we trust. We sacrifice our children on the altar of finance and money.”
Bishop Wiley said the United States has not gone all-out against the drug trade because influential people are making too much money. He also said that every time an African-American youth is shot, the EMS companies, hospitals, coroners, funeral homes, and graveyards make a profit.
“Everybody is getting paid,” he said.
Bishop Wiley said there is spiritual warfare going on today, but churches have shirked their responsibility to preach the hard truths.
“Too many people go to church to be cute and look dignified … and there are too many nice preachers telling nice people to be nicer,” he said.
He chided ministers to be bold in confronting sin and immorality, saying, “You’re not preaching until you make somebody mad.”